Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (2m+) and I can frame them. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.
This is one of the oldest, finest and most fascinating maps of Great Britain, showing the nation as it was during Saxon times in 500-700 AD - an era known as the Heptarchy, as England and Wales were split into 7 Angle-Saxon kingdoms.
The map was engraved by Jan Jansson in 1645, and it looks very similar to the John Speed and Saxton maps of the British Isles. This is an extremely fine copy of a rare map - it's unusual to find a map this old that has been preserved this well, particularly in full colour.
Many of the towns and cities of Scotland, Wales and England can be seen on this map - and even a few on the west coast of Ireland.
On the left hand side of the map are 7 Anglo-Saxon kings of the pre-Christian era, and on the right side are 7 Anglo-Saxon kings who were Christian - and they're pictured 'receiving' Christianity or being martyred in its name.
The seven kingdoms at the time of the Heptarchy were: East Anglia, Mercia (modern day midlands), Northumbria, Wessex (southwest England), Essex, Kent and Sussex. I have a lovely map of the last three kingdoms by Christopher Saxton here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/862971183/old-map-of-southeast-england-in-1575
Both England and Wales look very close to their modern, cartographical forms - though Scotland looks a bit misshapen, and the Hebrides are perhaps a bit too big.
This map will be completely sharp at all sizes. It's a lovely map at 16x20 inches (its natural size) but it looks great at sizes all the way up to 110 inches wide (280cm, 69t).
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame, or a framed larger map. We use super-clear perspex in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.
I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.
If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 10 days after you order. It may be faster or slower, depending on the impact of coronavirus in your country.
If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 days.
Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!
My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.
I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.
My maps are printed on thick matte (not glossy) paper that feels high quality. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.
Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.
Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps